Computation and Visualization in the Earth Sciences

Small Projects: Introduction



Time to put the skills you've been learning to work while designing two small projects. Ideally one of the projects will be something for fun and the other one will be something that has science and/or data in it. I don't want to proscribe either one of them too narrowly because I'd like you to have control over what you want to do. If you created a program in an earlier lesson but didn't quite have the time or the know-how to make it work just the way you wanted, this is the perfect time to revisit that program and make it better. There is also a reading discussion featuring two chapters from The Visual Display of Quantitative Information by Edward Tufte.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this lesson, you should be able to:

  • create two small projects that demonstrate many skills you've learned in this course

What is due for the Projects?

This lesson will take us two weeks to complete. The book chapter discussion nominally takes place over the first week, 15-21 March 2017. Turn in your two projects by 28 March 2017.


If you have any questions, please post them to our Questions? discussion forum (not e-mail) in Canvas. I will check that discussion forum daily to respond. While you are there, feel free to post your own responses if you, too, are able to help out a classmate.